Zach Johnson was scheduled to fly with the Kuchars and the Loves to Ohio on Monday for the Presidents Cup, but Johnson was battling a bad case of the stomach flu and didn’t arrive until late Tuesday morning, causing him to miss the U.S. team photo.
“It was bad enough that he couldn’t fly and even be here,” said U.S. team captain Fred. Couples in his press conference Tuesday morning. “He says he’ll be fine and he said he wants to come out, chip and putt. We haven’t really addressed that yet, but he’ll play tomorrow and he’s ready to go.”
Zach’s good friend and teammate, Matt Kuchar, told Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis that one of Zach’s symptoms was “explosive diarrhea.”
Naturally, Zach’s condition was later discussed in great detail in the team locker room, and well, by everyone. In other words, the talk and theme of Tuesday at Muirfield Village: Flatulence (passing gas).
Johnson, who practiced for a few hours Tuesday afternoon, said his symptoms started on Sunday as he was packing for the matches.
“I was in pain, and obviously, you know, I was frequenting the throne, so I felt horrible, and the thoughts that were going through my head were, I’d rather not even say,” said Johnson, while he took a break from hitting balls. “But it’s amazing, it’s just a 24hour bug. My body’s not normal, but it’s really close. When I landed here, I was like, okay, I’m ready to go play. And I want to go play today but I think I’m going to hold off and probably play 18 holes tomorrow instead.”
“It’s amazing how quickly your body can recover from something like that.”
I asked Damon Green, Zach’s caddie, whether he had his “ED” under control and Damon quipped, “Yep, he’s back to farting now.”
So, don’t worry, Zach will be back in action and playing in the practice round on Wednesday. Assistant captain Davis Love III filled in for Johnson on Tuesday and played as a fourth with Hunter Mahan.
“I feel fine,” said Johnson. “Not 100 percent but I am really close, and the sickness is gone. Now it’s just the energy and getting my body and the aches laying in bed for 20 hours, my back hurts right now, but I’ll be fine. I’ve got my physio guy here and I’m better now than what I was three hours ago. It’s just going to take a little bit of time. Keep hydrating. And the Hawks won.”
Funny aside: Just 15 minutes before I spoke with Damon, I was watching the International team play a few holes. As Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Angel Cabrera and Hideki Matsuyama waited to tee off, the guys did what guys do — they were ribbing each other and joking around, particularly Japanese golfing legend Shigeki Maruyama, and Scott’s caddie, Stevie WIlliams.
Next thing we knew, Williams ripped a thundering fart. (At least it wasn’t one of those silent but deadly ones…) He tried to put the blame on Maruyama, saying jokingly, “Too much sushi for you!”
Apparently, Williams is infamous for his influx of flatulence. Now I
smell understand why!
Yep, just your average Tuesday at the Presidents Cup. In case you haven’t noticed, the atmosphere is incredibly chill and fun, unlike the Ryder Cup, where it’s all business.
Video update from Tuesday night…